Where’s Wallace – Art Institute Pt. 2

General exhibitions

If you’re looking for more at the museum, you won’t be disappointed. The Art Institute of Chicago has vast collections of art, including the largest collection of impressionist paintings outside Paris.

Maybe you’d enjoy seeing Tiffany glass or modern art? Maybe you like ancient art from Africa, Asia, or the Americas? Or Roman statues? Or American Art from the 19th and 20th centuries? The Art Institute has all of this and so much more!

Grab your camera and some comfortable shoes and spend hours browsing its collections. Take a picture in front of American Gothic, like me! And, of course, I couldn’t resist having my picture taken in front of the one used in Ferris Beuller’s Day Off too, Seurat’s A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.

One of the nicest things for guests about the Art Institute is that it is family friendly. They have audio guides for children that will explain art in a way that’s easy for them to understand.

Of course touching art isn’t really encouraged in the museum, right? Not at the Touch Gallery! This is full of art that young children can get their hands all over and explore with their sense of touch.

The Art Institute offers other resources for children too, including a Picture Book Gallery and the Vitale Family Room, where the whole family can explore art together. So bring the kids, and expect to have a great time!

If you’re still having trouble understanding any particular exhibit or work, stop by the help desk at the museum. They’d be happy to connect you with resources to help you get the most out of your visit. But here are some tips from our guide during a visit to the Museum a couple months ago:


1. Read what it says about the painting/art work
2. Try to see if the artist is drawing from memory or if s/he has something in front of her/him
3. What is the artist trying to express with the work?
4. And most importantly, what does it mean to me?

Art has different meanings for different people. So don’t be afraid to explore your own interpretation; you’ll never be wrong! (Check out the full gallery of photos from our visit on Our Flickr Page.)

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